[in-vuhn-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

noun, plural in·ven·to·ries.

verb (used with object), in·ven·to·ried, in·ven·to·ry·ing.

verb (used without object), in·ven·to·ried, in·ven·to·ry·ing.

to have value as shown by an inventory: stock that inventories at two million dollars.

Origin of inventory

1375–1425; late Middle English inventorie < Medieval Latin inventōrium; see invent, -tory2
Related formsin·ven·to·ri·a·ble, adjectivein·ven·to·ri·al, adjectivein·ven·to·ri·al·ly, adverbo·ver·in·ven·to·ried, adjectivepre·in·ven·to·ry, noun, plural pre·in·ven·to·ries.

Synonyms for inventory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inventoried

Contemporary Examples of inventoried

  • An inventory of a people only reveals that a people cannot be inventoried.

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    What Germans Looked Like

    Blake Gopnik

    May 10, 2012

Historical Examples of inventoried

  • As soon as a man was arrested for heresy, his property was sequestrated and inventoried.


    William Graham Sumner

  • I sat here with them a great while, while my books were inventoried.

  • Because Maffitt died intestate, his estate was inventoried and appraised.

  • As soon as the door was shut, she rose very calmly, and inventoried the property.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • He refused to plead, was condemned to prison for life, and his goods were inventoried.

British Dictionary definitions for inventoried



a detailed list of articles, goods, property, etc
(often plural) accounting, mainly US
  1. the amount or value of a firm's current assets that consist of raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods; stock
  2. such assets individually

verb -tories, -torying or -toried

(tr) to enter (items) in an inventory; make a list of
Derived Formsinventoriable, adjectiveinventorial, adjectiveinventorially, adverb

Word Origin for inventory

C16: from Medieval Latin inventōrium; see invent
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Word Origin and History for inventoried



early 15c., from Old French inventoire "inventory, detailed list of goods, catalogue," from Medieval Latin inventorium (Late Latin inventarium) "list of what is found," from Latin inventus, past participle of invenire "to find" (see invention). The verb is first recorded c.1600, from the noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inventoried in Culture


An itemized list of a firm's goods that have not yet been sold.

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